Don’t tell a kid there are no limits to his or her desires. First, it’s wrong. There are simply some things he or she cannot do, either because of innate gifting (or lack thereof), opportunity, or legality. Second, it will breed a sullen thanklessness. After all, if there are no limits, then I am entitled to whatever I want.

Teaching children about limits will, counterintuitively, encourage thankfulness when they do get what they desire. It will also keep them from constantly asking for stuff (particularly when you are on a hurried shopping trip). So go ahead, parents. Love your kids today. Just say No.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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